I’ve spent most of my professional life as a journalist writing other people’s stories. In 2017 I decided it was time to write my own and completed a Biography & Creative Non-Fiction MA at the University of East Anglia a year later.
My creative non-fiction work focuses mainly on food, family stories and the East/South East Asian migration experience (see Recent Publications). I am currently working on a book-length project about my maternal grandmother, who emigrated from China to Malaya as a mui tsai (bondmaid) in the early 20th century. I am also a co-editor of Hinterland, the quarterly magazine for new creative non-fiction.
My Ah Mah: Moxy magazine (June 2021)
Articulate: Ghost Heart Literary Journal (March 2021)
Letter from Tash Aw to his editor Cindy Spiegel: Hinterland Issue 6 (Autumn 2020)
On the Train: American Writers Review’s Art in the Time of COVID-19 special issue (2020)
Leaving: Porridge magazine (Dec 2019)
Tourist in My Homeland: Hinterland magazine Issue 2 (Summer 2019); republished in PLACE 2021 (July 2021)
The Unwanted Other: Who Are We Now? A Collection of True Stories About Brexit anthology (March 2019)
Finding Por-Por: Suffragette Stories online anthology (Dec 2018)
Have You Eaten: 2018 UEA MA Creative Non-Fiction Anthology (Oct 2018)
What’s the Key to a Brilliant Piece of Writing? A blogpost on novelist Tash Aw’s archive with the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (March 2018)
Por-Por’s Stories: A family stories blog, inspired by my quest to record and preserve my family’s history for future generations.
Big Money Columnist, The Edge Singapore financial weekly (2008–2016): Writing a regular fortnightly column on the UK, covering the recession and recovery years after the 2008 financial crisis and implications of the referendum vote to leave the EU (Brexit).
Founder Editor, Personal Money (2001–2006): Spearheaded the launch of Personal Money, a spin-off magazine from The Edge Malaysia focusing on personal finance. Planned and managed editorial content with a team of writers, liaised with freelance contributors and commissioned articles.
Writer & Section Editor, The Edge Malaysia financial weekly (1994–2001): Coordinated and wrote for its personal finance and lifestyle section.
Reporter, The Star English daily (1990–1994): Wrote corporate news articles for the Business Section before moving to the Section 2 daily features section where I worked on human interest and general lifestyle features as well as coordinated the book review pages.